Mysterious Car Thieves Strike 8 Times Near Lincoln Park-Lakeview Border, Cops Say

Approximate locations of eight mysterious auto thefts mentioned in a community alert.

It’s a mystery. But, somehow, someway, car thieves are managing to steal legally-parked vehicles that do NOT have their keys left inside. The latest rash of mystery thefts occurred in Lincoln Park near the Lakeview border between April 10 and May 1.

In a community alert, Chicago police say the cars were taken “by unknown means while they are parked and unoccupied.” The thefts have occurred at all hours of the day and night, police said.

Details about eight thefts were included in the alert:

• the 2500 block of North Stockton on April 10 or 11
• the 2600 block of North Mildred around 8 a.m. on April 14
• the 2600 block of North Wilton between April 14 and April 28
• the 2600 block of North Halsted around 10:45 p.m. on April 14
• the 2500 block of North Lakeview between April 20 and April 22
• the 2600 block of North Halsted between 9:45p.m. and 11:15p.m. on April 23
• the 2600 block of North Stockton between April 28 and April 30
• the 400 block of West Deming between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. on May 1

Not The First Time

Police have previously warned about auto thefts by “unknown means.”

On February 17, detectives warned that 16th and 17th police districts on the Northwest Side had been hit eleven times in ten days by the “unknown” thieves.

Last October, a similar pattern struck in the 19th (Town Hall) District, with twelve cases being reported from Lincoln Park to Lakeview to Uptown.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Area North cops at 312-744-8263.

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